Phonics Freebie

Here is another freebie. I hope these can help you out on your homeschooling adventure! These lovelies line up with my 1st grade scope and sequence, but they can be used on their own. They are a combination of 1st and 2nd grade phonics. I have an advanced homeschooler that likes a pretty steady pace, so some pages are above the typical 1st grade level. Hope you find these helpful! Also, if you would let me know of any errors you may find. I made these rather quickly, and let’s face it I can be a bit scattered brained at times! If there are any phonics skills you would like to see added, shoot me a comment and I’ll see what I can come up with! 


Feel free to share, just please link back to me! 😀 Enjoy! 

1st-2nd Grade Phonics Sheets

Let the journey continue…

A shot from our recent trip to the beautiful Smokies.


After quite the hiatus, I guess it’s time I post something. We are in the midst of our second year of homeschool. Most students are just embarking on their school year, but we actually started back in June! I hadn’t originally planned on year round schooling. It just sort of happened. (That’s homeschooling for ya! lol) The general plan is to do 4-day weeks with breaks as wanted. Ah, freedom of choice! 
A is continuing on it what we are calling 1st grade, and P will be starting K-4. Can’t believe my babies are so grown! I tried to use the month of May to plan this school year. P will just be learning some basics, which we will just take as it comes, but I made a rather extensive scope & sequence for A’s year. We used a boxed curriculum last year, and it didn’t really work for us. At all! A is turning out to be quite the little poppy. She needs a fast pace or boredom sets in. I had to supplement tons just to get through last year. 

So for this year, I researched several boxed curriculums. I knew we wouldn’t be able to use one this year, but I looked at all the scope & sequencing into I could get my hands on. I made a list of everything they contained, plus state standards. No gaps of learning for us! 😉 After some copy (can’t remember which boxed curriculums scope I used the most of, sorry), paste and editing…

…Here’s the list! Isn’t it pretty?! (The teacher nerd in me is showing, and yes I am aware!)


Then I took this lovely little list, and broke it down into months. Now I know everything that needs to, at the minimum, be done each month. Of course, only 2 months into the year, the plan has to change. A is progressing quicker than I could have fathomed! We are already onto 2nd-3rd grade math skills now. She is like a sponge, absorbing anything I put in front of her. It’s wonderful and challenging for me at the same time. She is voracious with all things math, science, social studies, and art. Once we get reading under our belts, I have a feeling the sky will be the limit with this one! 

I have decided to share our little calendar plan with all of you lovelies. Check out my other post to snag it! Hopefully someone may find it useful! I put a lot of time and effort into it, and it seems silly to keep it to myself. 

Free 1st Grade Homeschool Scope & Sequence Plan


I’ll just cut right to the chase. Here is the plan I made for our year of 1st grade homeschooling. I had several people ask for it in my homeschooling FB group, so I thought I would make it available to anyone interested. Hopefully, it can help someone on their own homeschooling journey! 😀

Feel free to share, but please link back to my page! Thanks!

Mini Cheeseburger Bake

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This recipe came about, because I had a back stock of ground beef in the freezer! 🙂 It was a simple, easy dinner, and even my picky kids said it was yum! Honestly in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with Kings Hawaiian Rolls! Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1pk Kings Hawaiian Rolls 

1 Can Rotel

1 lb Ground Beef

6 Slices cheddar cheese

1/4-1/2 cup Shredded cheddar cheese (topping)

Small chunk of Velvetta ((optional) I sliced off a chunk about 1/2″ thick and broke into 12 pieces)
Preheat oven to 375

Directions:

Brown beef, mix in Rotel

Slice rolls in half (no need to separate individual rolls). Place bottom half sheet of rolls in a greased casserole dish. 
Cover bottom rolls with sliced cheese, spread beef mixture on top of cheese slices, place one small square of Velvetta on each roll bottom, and cover with top half sheet of rolls. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 min (20 if you prefer a crisp cheese on top)! Cut rolls apart and serve! Yum!

Yarn Season! Yay!

         My favorite time of year is here, and the growth in my yarn stash shows it! Every fall I get a major case of crochet fever. I love scarves more than any normal person should, but I have long accepted I’m far from normal! 🙂 It makes me wish we had more cooler days down here in the south! I have added 4 new batches of yarn, and have only been able to use one. Time hasn’t been the issue. My dilemma is deciding on the perfect pattern to use!

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      So far I used my new Homespun Lion brand yarn in Purple Haze to make a spiral ruffle scarf. Here’s the pattern. I love how it turned out! I decided to leave off row 4, so it would be a bit slimmer. I can’t wait for it to get a bit cooler, so I can wear it!

  
       Now to decide what I should do with the other 3! I have 3 skein of Lion brand Jiffy in Navy and in Violet. They are both deep, rich colors. Perfect to add a bit of color to a fall outfit. Thinking about another scarf and hat or maybe a boho vest.   

  
I also have 3 skein of Lion brandLandscapes in Boardwalk. It’s gorgeous and probably the prettiest yarn I’ve ever purchased. Which is making it impossible to decide on a pattern! I am thinking I want to make a shawl or poncho of some kind. 

  
Would love some suggestions! Feel free to share your favorite pattern! I will update as I make each piece! 🙂

Beef Tips & Gravy

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      Beef Tips and gravy, oh my yum! Have you ever made something for dinner that shocked even yourself, because it was so yummy? I consider myself to be a decent cook. I can make most anything I try with little trouble. (Keeping in mind that I don’t typically try overly complicated things!) This was one of the best things that has ever come out of my oven! My little picky eaters gobbled it right up, and wanted seconds! We had it over Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes, but I bet it would be great over pasta too.

Here we go!

Prep time: 5min
Cook time: 2.5hrs

Ingredients:
3lbs Beef tips, or beef stew meat

3 cups beef gravy
(or 2 jars Heinz Beef Gravy)

1 pk sliced baby Bella mushrooms

1tps roasted garlic powder

Olive oil

Preheat oven to 315°
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Coat dish with olive oil (I used my Lodge Dutch Oven). Evenly spread beef, then top with mushrooms. Pour gravy over both, trying to get an even coating.
Cover and cook for 2.5 hours. Remove from oven, stir and serve over mashed potatoes, pasta, or any other yummy thing you can imagine! Hope you enjoy!